What is Women's Health Week?
Started by Jean Hailes, Women’s Health Week is a week dedicated to all women across Australia to make good health a priority. During the week, everyone - from individuals, communities and workplaces - is encouraged to get involved by sharing health messages, hosting an event and encouraging as many women as possible to sign up to the week. By signing up to the week, you'll receive daily health tips, tools and information to help you unlock your own powers for good health.
Various events are also planned for this year's celebration. Among these events are:
- 2 September, Mighty movement - To kick things off with the powerful theme of movement, everyone will have a chance to learn about how to move more and stay motivated, and take a step towards a stronger, healthier individual.
- 3 September, Bathroom boss - Bladder and gut health are important business for overall health, so it's time to learn what you can do for better functioning, instead of just trying to get by.
- 4 September, Reproductive health - Whether you’re thinking about your future fertility, having issues falling pregnant, looking for the right contraception choice or just wanting some help for your hormonal health, this will be the bes venue to get the right advice, information and support.
- 5 September, Treasure chest - We’re talking about chest health, which includes the health of your heart and the health of your breasts. The mission is to gain the knowledge and skills to protect these important body parts, one heartbeat at a time.
- 6 September, Mastering your mind - Take a moment for mental health. Become the master of your own mind, press pause on the busy button and learn how to tackle issues such as worry, anxiety, exhaustion and loneliness head on.
Who is Jean Hailes?
Jean Hailes for Women’s Health is Australia's leading and most trusted women's health organisation. They are a national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving women’s health. They aim to provide women with health information, resources and clinical care to assist them to actively manage their own health and wellbeing. They believe in physical and emotional health and wellbeing in all its dimensions for all women in Australia throughout their lives.
History of the Women's Health Week
Now in its 7th year, Women's Health Week is the time to unlock women's powers for good health. But the first national Women’s Health Week was ran in 2013 by Jean Hailes for Women's Health. Ever since, it has been an annual success. And just last year, more than 85,000 women participated in more than 2,100 events. Various events also attract the support of organisations, ambassadors, businesses, community, sporting and media groups across the country.
The two biggest barriers for women not maintaining a healthy lifestyle is "lack of time" and "health not being a priority". But Women’s Health Week aims to squah that and so that women start making time to do something for their health and start making positive changes that can last a lifetime.
For more information about Women's Health Week 2019, visit womenshealthweek.com.au.